It is 7:30 on Saturday evening and I just got off the phone with U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La. Dave calls me often to let me know whom I should support in various elections and to make me privy to his views on certain pieces of legislation. Dave insists on calling me, despite the fact that I have never met him, never voted for him and never intend to.

Dave calls, despite the fact that I have contacted his office and requested that he not call me anymore. The irony here is that my taxes help pay Dave’s salary, and it would be next to impossible for me to contact him at his home.

And he’s not the only one! Elected officials, and those aspiring to be, feel compelled to ring my phone constantly to let me know that they’re trying to secure their place at the public trough. With the plethora of campaign signs that befoul our roadsides during election season, could they possibly believe anyone is unaware of their candidacies? Do they think people enjoy having their home lives interrupted to hear pre-recorded messages from politicians? Could it be that they don’t care what we want and are only interested in keeping themselves and their own in office?

We have laws to keep people from being harassed in this way. I’m told that these laws don’t apply to political candidates. If our elected officials thought such laws were worth passing, why did they think these laws should not apply to them?

Jimmy Sehon

cabinet maker/professional musician

Denham Springs